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We’ve discovered that while many of us enjoy being hospitable to friends and guests, hospitality is also a Biblical directive. The apostle Paul writes to the early church, Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Romans 12:13 Pastor Mark Driscoll gives additional examples of hospitality: Jesus spent time befriending social outcasts (Matt. 11:19), often ate with His disciples, and has welcomed us into the family of God, which includes an eternal home (John 14:2) and an eternal party (Isa. 25:6-9; Rev. 19:6-9). Elders and pastors are commanded to exercise hospitality (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8). Peter enjoyed the hospitality of Simon (Acts 9:43) and Cornelius (Acts 10:48). Paul enjoyed the hospitality of Lydia (Acts 16:15) and the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:34).


At First Presbyterian Church of Champaign we want to model the Biblical example of hospitality. There are many avenues and opportunities for you to use your gifts of hospitality to meet the needs of our guests and regular attenders. Here are just a few examples:
  • Greeting at the front or back door on Sunday morning at 9:00
  • Serving coffee and donuts during the Fellowship hour between services
  • Helping with coffee cleanup after Fellowship hour
  • Hosting the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings
If you’re interested in being a part of our hospitality team please contact Gary Peterson here.